Bobbi Sparrow, president of the organization, said members are concerned about where the $1 billion a year that would be raised will be going.
pointed out that while most of the funds are earmarked for public education, the initiative also promises shares for everything from welfare programs to road construction.
said there's also an element of self-preservation for the dealers who sell pretty much the most expensive taxable item in Arizona.
said there already is a problem with Arizonans buying vehicles elsewhere because of the state's high vehicle license tax.
That annual levy is based on the value of the car or truck, meaning it is most expensive on new vehicles.
"Now our sales tax is going to be the highest besides Tennessee," Sparrow
predicted that the savings from a one-cent difference in sales taxes - about $250 on a $25,000 vehicle - coupled with the lower VLT will just prove too much for some customers.
"I just don't think they're going to come back and register," Sparrow
is not releasing a list of which dealers contributed and how much each gave.
said the association's board asked for $2 per vehicle "just to start getting dealers thinking" about what would be a fair contribution.
"We had some dealers that didn't give anything, we had some dealers that gave more than the $2," Sparrow
"We had some that just gave us a flat amount."
Pedersen, for her
part, said she
and other supporters will do what they can to figure out who gave money.
suggested that there might be a benefit for those who did not donate to publicize that fact.
not against funding of education, pointing to her
previous employment as a lobbyist for the Arizona School Boards Association
said there are concerns that that not all of the money is going for education.
Pedersen, however, said the dealers' opposition is strictly political.
said the group is seeking to curry favor with Gov.
Updated: 5:46 pm. | Tags: Proposition 204, Arizona, Bobbi Sparrow
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